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No proof of temple at Babri site

Advocate Jilani cites archaelogical evidence
Lucknow: Zafaryab Jilani arguing Babri Masjid ownership case before the special bench of Allahabad High Court consisting of Justices S.U. Khan, Sudhir Agarwal and D.V. Sharma said on 3rd February after presenting some books of prominent historians that all these books say that there is no proof that Babri Masjid was built after demolition of any temple.

About the pillars in Jaunpur's Lal Masjid he said that these pillars belonged to a temple but these pillars were installed in Lal Masjid about 150 years after the temple had collapsed. These stone pillars contain some inscriptions also. Similarly, in an old palace of West Bengal also there is a pillar which was earlier built into some temple, he said. About a stone which contained some inscriptions he said that this stone belonged to 1st century (Christian era) and existed earlier in a temple which is now installed in a building in Ayodhya. These instances clearly show that temple pillars and other materials of temples and other buildings were being reused in later constructions after the original temples or buildings had crumbled down and hence it is not surprising if the pillars or stone blocks now existing in Babri Masjid were installed in some temple or other building earlier.

Presenting some extracts of a book by historian, Prof. S.R. Sharma on Moghul period (written in 1934) he said that according to Prof. S.R. Sharma's research, Babar did not demolish any temple nor Babri Masjid was subsequently built on his orders. Similarly, he presented some more extracts from books written by historians like Prof Satish Shrivastava, Surindar Kaur and Prof V. Sanyal. All these historians unanimously agreed that there was not any temple at Babri Masjid site nor this place (Babri Masjid site) was ever accepted as the birth place of Shri Ram. Quoting a historian, V.A. Smith's book, whom another historian Dr. Satish Mittal who had earlier deposed in this bench of the court on behalf of the opposite party, had described as reliable and his book as authoritative, Jilani said that V.A. Smith in his book had written that till 13th century there was no mention of any Ram Janmabhoomi mandir in Ayodhya.

Jilani quoted yet another book 'Hindu World' in the first volume of which it was stated that there was a Ram Mandir at Babri Masjid site but in the second volume it is stated that till 16th century Ram Chandra was like a hero but after that he was projected as an avtar.

Referring Prof. Ram Saran Sharma's article on Ayodhya, Jilani said that this article deals in detail till 16th century and stresses that there was no temple in Ayodhya named as Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir and that is why Goswamy Tulsidas, who was a great devotee of Ram Chandra, nowhere mentioned in his writings in Ram Charit Manas about any such temple, though he had started writing Ram Charit Manas about 40 years after Babri Masjid's construction. Jilani further said that in religious books of Hindus till 1615 there is mention of Ram Mandirs at other places in Ayodhya but there is no mention of Ram Janmabhoomi mandir anywhere in Aydhoya.